Common WordPress Errors

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15 WordPress User Errors that Make you Look Silly

A WordPress website can power the content and product delivery for all kind of businesses, organizations and individuals.

Just make sure these 15 common user errors aren't getting in your way ...

1

Slow Load Times:

Nothing infuriates web users more than slow load times, which is why Google is incorporating load times to their search algorithms now.This is why hosting your WordPress site on a stack specifically tailored to the unique demands of WordPress is so important. Otherwise, performance suffers and you look silly.

2

The White Screen of Death:

Every WordPress user has experienced this. It can happen for reasons as simple as leaving an extra space at the end of your wp-confiq.php. It can also happen for more complicated reasons for which it's nice to have the expertise of a managed hosting provider to help you sort out.Either way, your audience sees nothing but your URL and a white screen ... and you look silly.

3

Gateway or Database Connection Errors:

Hey, at least in this case visitors get something when they come to your site! But you still look silly, and you cost yourself traffic.Your readers are there for your content, not to be told that your server is down or that your install of WordPress can't access database to serve it.

4

The "Just another WordPress Blog" Tagline:

This is the default tagline that's loaded in WordPress. If you don't change it, or have a theme that overrides it, this will be visible in your header and possibly even in your homepage search result.And it will make you look like just another silly WordPress publisher without a clue.

5

Site De-indexed Because You Set it to "Private":

If you use WordPress as a CMS, you might launch a blog after launching the main site. In doing so, you might think it's a good idea to take advantage of WordPress' option to make your site private, which will keep search engines away. Don't.Clicking this option will put noindex tags on EVERY page, not just blog posts. You'll feel pretty silly when your traffic drops to zero.

6

Running an Old Version of WordPress:

The incredible group of developers who work on WordPress are constantly working to make it better in terms of performance, usability, and security.The benefits and security necessities of WP updates, plus the ease with which they can be installed, make anyone running older versions look pretty silly.Also, can outside viewers - like hackers - see your site's WordPress version? See #15

7

Keeping Deactivated Plugins in the wp-content Folder:

One of the most common ways that hackers infiltrate WordPress websites is through "back doors" in plugins. This is why using discretion when installing plugins in the first place is so important, and why inactive plugins should be deleted.You're going to look and feel pretty silly if your site gets hacked because someone broke in through a deactivated plugin.

8

Keeping a Messy wp-admin Section:

The best wp-admin sections are neatly kempt, up to date, and cluttered.Bad wp-admin sections are running old versions of everything, have way too many useless plugins, and make it hard for an author or developer to find their way around. That's just silly.

9

Posts that Span the Entire Front Page:

WordPress has a very simple built-in way to keep your main blog page looking neat and organized: the "Read More" button.Some themes also use the excerpt, another good option. Use either method to keep your site from looking silly, cluttered, and ten miles long - which it will if each post is displayed in its entirely on your main page.

10

Your Sidebar Shows Up Below Your Content:

Sidebar widgets make it super simple to customize your sidebar. The flip side is that can be easy to make a mistake, such as one extraneous <div> or </div> tag, that makes part of all of your sidebar seemingly disappear.It's probably hanging out down by your footer, which looks silly and defeats the purpose of customizing it.

11

Phantom Homepage Gobbledygook:

Sometimes when you activate (or change) the settings of a plugin, it can unintended consequences.Sometimes these consequences manifest themselves in visible ways that, you guessed it, make your look silly. Always check your homepage and post pages after activating a plugin to make sure no unintended silliness is going on.

12

The Dreaded /wordpress Blog Subdirectory:

If you are installing WordPress to power the blog attached to your non-WordPress site, installing it in a subdirectory like yoursite.com/blog is perfectly acceptable.However, yoursite.com/wordpress just looks silly.

13

Index.php in Your URL:

Seaking of being installed incorrectly, that is exactly what's happened if you see a URL that looks like yoursite.com/index.php/hello-world. And do you know how this makes you look? Yeah. Silly.

14

Local and/or Visible Backups:

What's worse than looking silly? Looking silly while severly compromising your security.If you have plugins that are placing backups of your files or database at your root (e.g. yoursite.com./mydb.sql), it's likely everyone can see them ... including and especially hackers.

15

Visible Server Information:

Speaking of hackers, who we've already spoken about a lot-- and with good reason, you're giving them an easy starting point for their nefarious activities if you're providing detailed PHP info or the version of WordPress you are running.
(Check yoursite.com/phpinfo.php or yoursite.com/readme.html.)
If that's not bad enough in itself, you also look silly.

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